Mercedes’ George Russell set the track record at the Hungaroring in the final day of Formula 1 testing on Wednesday, ahead of Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen by 0.074sec Russell, 20, set a time of 1min 15.575sec on Wednesday afternoon on hypersoft tyres, beating Ferrari junior Antonio Giovinazzi’s table-topping time of 1min 15.648 – the benchmark on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Italian racing driver completed 96 laps on day one of testing, finishing a full 2.5sec ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson. In comparison, Sebastian Vettel set a time of 1min 16.170sec on ultrasoft tyres in the third practice session of the Hungarian Grand Prix; Giovinazzi was equipped with hypersofts.
Sean Gelael (Toro Rosso) tested the 2019 Pirelli tyre on day one and brought out the only red flag of the session, crashing the Toro Rosso STR13 at Turn 11. Rain followed, forcing teams to run on intermediates for the rest of the afternoon. Russell finished fifth on day one having completed 49 laps, with another 116 under his belt on day two. Giovinazzi swapped for a Sauber on Wednesday, completing 120 laps to finish fourth.
Red Bull simulator driver Jake Dennis finished third, behind Kimi – both completing 131 laps on Tuesday. Both Toro Rossos – Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly and – finished at the back having undertaken Pirelli test duties. Robert Kubica replaced day one driver Oliver Rowland (ninth on Tuesday) for the final day, finishing sixth overall. Williams tested the 2019-spec front wing: 200mm wider, 25mm deeper, and without complex endplates and wing components. Force India, which had Nikita Mazepin (fifth) testing on Tuesday and Nicholas Latifi (seventh) on Wednesday, also tested the new front wing, as did Rowland and Daniel Ricciardo (sixth on Wednesday) of Red Bull.
Daniel Ricciardo is still waiting on a contract extension with Red Bull. He told Autosport that he was expecting it to take place around the Belgian Grand Prix in August: “It will definitely be done by Spa. Whether it gets announced over the summer break or in Spa [I don’t know],” said Ricciardo.
Other measures in place for 2019 are wider and deeper rear wings, simplified front brake ducts without winglets, an increase in race fuel allowance and the separation of car weight from driver weight to stop heavier drivers gaining a disadvantage.
HUNGARY F1 TESTING 2018 TIMES – DAY 1
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Ferrari||1min 15.648sec||96||Hypersoft|
|Marcus Ericsson||Sauber||1min 18.155sec||+2.507sec||95||Hypersoft|
|Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||1min 19.251sec||+3.603sec||126||Ultrasoft|
|Lando Norris||McLaren||1min 19.294sec||+3.646sec||107||Ultrasoft|
|George Russell||Mercedes||1min 19. 781sec||+4.133sec||49||Supersoft|
|Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1min 19.854sec||+4.206sec||125||Ultrasoft|
|Nicholas Latifi||Force India||1min 19.994sec||+4.346sec||103||Soft|
|Nico Hülkenberg||Renault||1min 20.826sec||+5.178sec||63||Medium|
|Oliver Rowland||Williams||1min 20.970sec||+5.322sec||65||Soft|
|Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso||1min 21.451sec||+5.803sec||109||2019 tyre|
HUNGARY F1 TESTING 2018 TIMES – DAY 2
|George Russell||Mercedes||116||1min 15.575sec||Hypersoft|
|Kimi Räikkönen||Ferrari||+0.074sec||131||1min 15.649sec||Hypersoft|
|Jake Dennis||Red Bull||+1.437sec||131||1min 17.012sec||Hypersoft|
|Antonio Giovinazzi||Sauber||+1.983sec||120||1min 17.558sec||Hypersoft|
|Nikita Mazepin||Force India||+2.173sec||51||1min 17.748sec||Hypersoft|
|Robert Kubica||Williams||+2.876sec||103||1min 18.451sec||Ultrasoft|
|Lando Norris||McLaren||+2.897sec||73||1min 18.472sec||Soft|
|Artem Markelov||Renault||+2.921sec||108||1min 18.496sec||Hypersoft|
|Sean Gelael||Toro Rosso||+3.471sec||122||1min 19.046sec||Hypersoft|
|Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||+4.215sec||75||1min 19.790sec||Pirelli test|
|Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso||+4.646sec||67||1min 20.221sec||Pirelli test|